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Happy is good. Holy is better.

Your marriage is more than a sacred covenant with another person. It is a spiritual discipline designed to help you know God better, trust him more fully, and love him more deeply. What if God's primary intent for your marriage isn't to make you happy...but holy?

Sacred Marriage doesn't just offer techniques to make a marriage happier. It does contain practical tools, but what married Christians most need is help in becoming holier husbands and wives. Sacred Marriage offers that help with insights from Scripture, church history, time-tested wisdom from Christian classics, and examples from today's marriages.

Sacred Marriage reveals how marriage trains us to love God and others well, how it exposes sin and makes us more aware of God's presence, how good marriages foster good prayer, how married sex feeds the spiritual life, and more.

The revised edition of Sacred Marriage takes into account the ways men's and women's roles have expanded since the book was first written. It has been streamlined to be a faster listen without losing the depth that so many listeners have valued.

Sacred Marriage uncovers the mystery of God's overarching purpose. This book may very well alter profoundly the contours of your marriage. It will most certainly change you. Because whether it is delightful or difficult, your marriage can become a doorway to a closer walk with God and to a spiritual integrity that, like salt, seasons the world around you with the savor of Christ.

©2016 Gary Thomas (P)2016 Zondervan

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Just what we need

This is just the book we need in our marriage right now. Such a great eye opener to how our marriage is meant to serve God and bring us closer to him. The author has such a great cadence to his voice and is truly enjoyable to listen to.

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A permanent part of my library

I've read many of the comments prior to purchasing this audiobook and chose to purchase it. I listened 4 time already and while going through it myself, I found was the information was timeless, relevant and applicable in very practical terms in order to navigate the journey of marriage.

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just when I wanted to give up

7 years ago when I decided to engage in an affair my best friend tried earnestly to convince me otherwise. unfortunately I went through the affair told my wife I didn't love her anymore and lost my marriage. later a few years went by my best friend recommended that I read sacred marriage and I never did. Now after 7 years I've heard the book while working. I can honestly say my life my thinking my heart has been transformed by the new revelation that I have received not through Gary but through God using Gary. I am happy to say that after being divorced for 4 years and three years separated my wife asked me to move back home. I now sport my wedding ring with pride as we are not completely back together but at least under the same roof working things out by the grace of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. I must say Gary thank you your wife and all of those who collaborated with you in the writing of this precious and so needed book in every Christian home. I hope that someday I cannot only shake your hand but give you a big huge hug along with a holy kiss for your obedience to the highCalling of our Lord Jesus Christ to better and improve marriages throughout the world. I bought the book in Spanish for my wife and I can't wait to get home today to discuss it with her. Thank you so much and may God richly bless you and may you continue to do his good work .

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Works for everyone

What did you love best about Sacred Marriage?

This book relates to each person and we are able to put ourselves in the position to receive.

What did you like best about this story?

The examples given are easy to follow and the Bible verses are awesome and filling the book!

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I have cried many times during this book. Some were tears of joy, some of realization, and some of desperation. GREAT!

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Thank you for writing this book. I know that God truly has called you to witness to others!

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Great marriage book and I've read a few.

this book fuses God's will for marriage and our lives together better than any other book I read before

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Not just for the married couples

It is important for us to begin to look at marriage from God's perspective. Marriage is to make us holy. I believe that there need to be more groups for singles so that the preparation and maturing can begin long before the engagement and subsequent vows being exchanged. There would be fewer marriages with fantasy expectations and but fewer divorces for "irreconcilable differences".

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Audiobook review: It is nice when authors narrate their own work, and this author does a very nice job. The central idea here, listed on the front of the book, cannot be overstated. The author clearly explains and illustrates the idea in the first half of the book, and once that is done the book trails off into "typical marriage book" themes (in my opinion). Totally worth the read/listen for the first half, though.

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Great resource

The foundation of Christ as the central Pilar from which we grow outward in our marriage has been a valuable perspective for my struggling marriage

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An Absolute MUST READ.

This book is a must read for married coupkes across the board. This perspective is game changing. Through it I have been challenged, encouraged, equipped, and motivated. It's a must read for evvery Christian wife. I will definitely be sharing it with my Ladies Community!

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Christ Centered Marriage

An absolute must for any couple hoping to remain centered in Christ together and forever.

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  • Lufya
  • 09-27-18

Really enjoyed the book

Great book. I really enjoyed reading it and the audio version made it easier to get through it as I could listen while doing chores. I Would definitely recommend it to others.

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  • M ONABULE
  • 07-04-18

Transformational!!!

This book opened my eyes to many aspects of marriage which I'd never imagined and it also equipped me to truly have a sacred marriage! I was encouraged, blessed and convicted by the contents of this book.

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  • starwarssteve
  • 02-13-17

Not only Happy but HOLY.

i found this book a revelation. deep powerful and life changing. My husband listened too and was deeply impacted. bought hardcopy for friends and bought journal too. enjoyed his book on bringing up kids as well.

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  • Lachlan
  • 05-14-18

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Such a great challenging book, like no other. Encourage every Christian to read this transformative book.

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  • DENZO
  • 10-22-17

This will sustain, save, nurture and realign your marriage guaranteed!

Whether you are having a good or bad marriage, this book will remind us of the he direction and focus that we should have. It helps me reflect on myself and how to better my thinking. I know this will help anyone.